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IASP Special Interest Group - Suicide Bereavement and Postvention

The Postvention Task Force was reorganised by the IASP Board and a Special Interest Group was proposed at the XXVI IASP World Congress in Beijing, China in September 2011. The Special Interest Groups offer an umbrella opportunity for the community for the IASP community of members, researchers, professionals, lay people and volunteers to focus deeply on a specific aspect of suicide and suicide prevention. The Special Interest Group also serves as an umbrella for Task Forces. This group has particular focus on postvention - suicide bereavement and is chaired by Karl Andriessen (Belgium) and co-chaired by Sean McCarthy (Ireland). In addition, a recent Postvention Taskforce has been established to provide Postvention symposia/workshops at IASP Conferences. This Taskforce is chaired by John Peters (England). A Postvention Newsletter Task Force is also to be established and interested persons are invites to contact Karl Andriessen for further information.


Resources:

Preventing Suicide - How to Start a Survivors' Group (IASP/WHO publication)

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Suicide Bereavement (Postvention) - Survivor Guides (Offers a listing of guides and information relating to suicide bereavement for suicide survivors.)

National Survivor Organisations

European Directory of Suicide Survivor Services

International Listing of Suicide Survivor Services


Newsletter


Supplemental newsletter for IASP 28th World Congress

Leonore Hanssensshares a paper presented at the 4th Australian Postvention Conference, held in June, 2014, in Sydney, Australia, entitled, "The impact of 5uicide Contagion and Echo Clusters in remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Australia."

A Handrail on my Journey; Providing Support for People Bereaved by Suicide in Sydney, Australia is the title of this artitle written by Jane Mowll of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Sydney and The University of Notre Dame, Australia. Learn about the SUpport After Suicide Program, now in its 14th year.

Director of Services with Consile, the National Suicide Charity, Ciarán, pens a a report on extending bereavement supports after suicide in Ireland. Learn about the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service that was introduced this year in five new regional areas, with a dedicated liaison officer working in each area. Read to discover what the Service intends to offer.

Karl Andriessen provides postvention highlights from the 15th ESSSB symposium, held in Tallinn, Estonia, in August, 2014.

Browse to find a Six Month Review of the IASP Bereavement and Postvention Special Interest Group. See proposed activities over the nex six months.

Learn about upcoming events and contact details.

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Co-Chairs

Co-Chair: Seán McCarthy

Sean McCarthy

Regional Suicide Resource Officer

Front Block, St Patrick's Hospital

John's Hill, Waterford

Ireland

Tel: 00 353 51 874013

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Sean currently works with the Health Service Executive in Ireland as a Regional Suicide Resource Officer. He is responsible for the implementation of recommendations contained within the Irish National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention 'Reach Out', at a regional level. These recommendations encompass suicide prevention at the levels of prevention, intervention and postvention. He was a member of the steering committee that developed the national strategy and also contributed to the suicide prevention strand of the national mental health strategy "a vision for change". He has worked in the field of suicidology since 1998.

For a number of years he was seconded to Console (www.console.ie) as their Chief Executive Officer. Console is the leading national suicide bereavement support organisation in Ireland and provides one to one counselling, group support, child psychotherapy services alongside telephone support for the bereaved and those at risk of suicide or suicidal behaviour. During his time there he was responsible for the development of national standards for bereavement support organisations operating in Ireland. This work was commissioned by the National Office for Suicide Prevention.


Co-Chair: Myfamwy Maple


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On September 15, 2011, some of the world's leading experts in suicide crisis response gathered together to explore some of the difficult aspects in "postvention" (what we do after a suicide to provide psychological first aid and minimizing the tragic impact in individuals and communities). In this video representatives from Australia, Thailand, Slovenia, New Zealand, UK, Japan, Belgium, and the USA discuss some of the goals and strategies of postvention work that appear to sometimes work against each other or cause confusion. This conversation was part of the International Association of Suicide Prevention's Annual Congress held in Beijing, China.

Tensions in Postvention Part I: How Do We Honor Loss While Preventing Contagion After Suicide?

Aftermath of Suicide Tensions in Postvention


Papers:

Andriessen K: Suicide survivors activities: an international perspective
Andriessen K: How to increase suicide survivor support? Experiences from the national survivor programme in Flanders - Belgium (pdf)
2nd International Suicide Postvention Seminar 28th August 2007 (pdf) - Killarney, Ireland
Grad O: Guidelines to Assist Clinical Staff After the Suicide of a Patient (pdf)